The Kevin Love trade rumors blew up the internet last week when the Minnesota Timberwolves center announced that he wanted a trade. The Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls were being reported as his desired destinations. However, despite all of the rumors and speculation, Love still remains a member of the Timberwolves and that won’t change in the near future. Meanwhile, the Bulls will have to plan their offseason without the hopes of acquiring Love this summer.
Although the Bulls have several potential pieces they could trade in order to acquire Love, the Timberwolves are clearly in control about when and where they could ship their center. Since Love is still under contract until 2015, there isn’t much of a rush to move him now anyway. The Timberwolves can basically wait to trade Love to the highest bidder, and they have until the February trade deadline to do so.
But if the Bulls can’t acquire Love during the offseason, they probably won’t be able to once the season starts. Currently, the Bulls’ best tradable assets include the expiring $15 million contract of Carlos Boozer, two first-round picks in the 2014 NBA Draft and the rights to European superstar Nikola Mirotic. By the time the season starts, Boozer will already be traded or amnestied, the picks will already be used and Mirotic could be signed with the Bulls by then. On top of that, Chicago will more than likely have several new players under contract and no cap room to fit Love onto their team.
As it stands right now, the only way Love does become a Bull is if he signs with Chicago as an unrestricted free agent next summer. Nevertheless, anything is possible, and if the Timberwolves decide to trade him sometime before next season, look for the Bulls to jump all over that. Just don’t get your hopes up.